*****Our Mission*****

 To be the vehicle for African and African American  culture and arts  expression in Knoxville, Tennessee. 



The Kuumba Festival is presented by African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. (AAAA), an arts organization that focuses on positive social and community development by utilizing creative methods of education through cultural artistic programming and development. The Kuumba Festival (KUUMBA means Creativity in Key Swahili) was started in 1989 by local Knoxville artists and community activists who were looking to showcase local African American art and artists for the sole purpose of sharing, educating and exposing rich cultural art forms to the Knoxville community. This event gives African American Appalachian Arts Inc.(AAAA) an avenue to reach out and service the Greater Knoxville community through the offering of cultural arts activities. KUUMBA Festival is located in two primary locations including: Market Square/ Downtown and Morningside Park.

Join us this year on June 23 in Downtown Market square from 10 am - 10 pm with live music, African drum and dance and cultural arts and food vendors from all over the African Diaspora and local artist and vendors as well.

June 24 and 25 will be at Knoxville's Morningside park and Haley Heritage Square with more live entertainment, art and food for everyone to join.


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